Blue Jackets spoke to Marner’s agent about offer sheet
Many teams have spoken w Marner’s agent about a possible offer sheet, and, yes, CBJ are among them. But I see no indication Marner wants to leave TML. Also, #CBJ convinced Leafs would/could match any offer sheet, perhaps by trading Nylander.
See where the summer goes. https://t.co/gcn092r1dm
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) July 12, 2019
- The Columbus Blue Jackets are among a list of several teams that have spoken to Mitch Marner’s agent Darren Ferris about a possible offer sheet.
[Friedman on 31 Thoughts] Columbus talked with Marner, but wanted 7 years. He wanted less. ”Multiple people told me that they thought if anyone was going to do it, it was going to be Columbus”
- The meeting doesn’t necessarily mean an offer will come to fruition.
- Portzline sees no indication that Marner wants to leave Toronto, and the Jackets are convinced the Maple Leafs would match any offer sheet, perhaps by trading fellow young forward William Nylander, he added.
- Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said previously it’s not a foregone conclusion he’d match any offer sheet for Marner.
- The Maple Leafs have $3.8 million in projected cap space, according to CapFriendly, but that’ll increase by $5.3 million when Nathan Horton is placed on long-term injured reserve.
- They could add slightly more cap space by optioning players to the minors, as they currently have 23 on their roster.
- Regardless, the Maple Leafs would be hard-pressed to match an offer sheet exceeding $10.6 million.
- The Blue Jackets have the required draft pick capital to submit an offer sheet with a cap hit either below $1,395,053 or above $10,568,589.
- An offer sheet with a cap hit exceeding the latter would cause the club to forfeit four of its next five first-round picks.
- The Blue Jackets have a projected $15.8 million in cap space but have some internal housekeeping of their own to take care of; Fellow RFA Zach Werenski remains without a contract, while Pierre-Luc Dubois and Josh Anderson are also due for raises next summer.